Berkmann's Wine Cellars

Finca Decero

What was once a bare patch of soil in the foothills of the Andes has been transformed into a remarkable single-vineyard estate. Decero, meaning "from scratch", consists of one hundred hectares of vineyard newly planted in 2000 on this favoured site 1050 metres above sea level.

The vineyard itself is named after the mini-whirlwinds – remolinos – that course between the rows. The vines are entirely hand-tended (not even tractors are used) with the emphasis on sustainability, minimal treatment, and precision viticulture for optimum fruit quality.

The winery is state-of-the-art, having been equipped for the début 2006 vintage, and the gentle, hands-on approach in the vineyard is carried through: whole bunches are fed by gravity into the fermentation tanks, and the fermenting musts are hand-plunged for extraction. The result is wines of elegance and sophistication; seductively textured and freshly aromatic. With such quality emerging after only one vintage, this is definitely a new name to watch.